There is so much happening at the moment!

It is always a privilege to be able to feedback on activities that are going on, both in school and as wider learning experiences. There is so much happening at the moment that the list could be very long!

Our Year 11, 12 and 13 students had mock exams immediately after the half term holiday. They responded brilliantly; attendance for the exams was excellent and they are now working with their teachers on ensuring that feedback informs their next steps in preparing for the ‘real thing’. Being able to identify individual students’ strengths, and areas of content that need to be revisited, is vital in ensuring that every student is thoroughly prepared. As well as the continued exam preparation work in lessons, we have a range of support activities for both Year 11 and Post 16 students in the coming weeks, including targeted revision alongside support and de-stress opportunities, all of which we will advertise on the website. Year 11 parents and carers should be also aware that there is an important Parental Engagement Event on 5 April at 6pm. Good luck to our students who have GCSE PE moderation on Monday and Tuesday this week - the exam season is already upon us!

Exams are a vital part of life for our whole community, but lots of other things are happening, too. Some of our newly elected BSL student leaders attended a leadership team meeting to share their revised Strategic Vision and plans to launch a wider range of student leadership group activities. We were all stunned by the quality of the presentation, the ability of the students to articulate their vision and their depth of understanding of the role students play in continuing to develop our school community. Quite honestly, they are frighteningly good, and will certainly hold us, as school leaders to account. Such talented young people, who have a very exciting future ahead of them!

70 students and 11 staff went on a practice walk for their Duke of Edinburgh work on Saturday, and the national table tennis finals, next Saturday, will see our team of five students (two Year 12s – William Nash and Ezra Slater, Reuben Bunting in Year 10, and Oliver Bryant and James Gresswell from Year 8) participating as one of the last four teams in the under 19 competition. We wish them lots of luck and I will let you know the result.

On Thursday we have a Year 8 Wider Learning day with a Crystal Maze theme and this Friday sees us supporting Comic Relief as a community with a red themed non-uniform day. Photos to follow!

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Gill Halls
Head of School

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